|our meeting spot in town - the National Gallery|
Mum and I met up with Daniel, Danielle, Dad, Josh and Steph in a raining city centre and decided it wasn't the best weather for exploring the Royal Mile today, so a quick change of plans led us to the Edinburgh Dungeons, armed with a row of coupon tickets from the back of my bus pass. I ripped the coupons apart into individual bits and handed the vouchers out to everyone before we went in, and it was a good thing because when we got there, the lady told us it was discount per RECEIPT - so I didn't have 8 discount tickets, only 1! Thankfully a bit of sweet talking and discussing led to her giving us each a £6 discount after all...whew. The Dungeons were fantastic! In each room, we were greeted by a different actor in costume. The first condemned 3 in our tour to the 'docks' to be tried and sentenced. One lady was found guilty of witchcraft and was told a test would be done - "if you float, your a witch and will be burnt...if you sink and die....dreadfully sorry!". Daniel was pulled up to the stand and was tried for stealing pink lingere and being a cross dresser! We laughed and laughed as Daniel gave as good as he got from the "judge" - who finally just invited cross-dressing "Shirley" out for a pint that evening! hehehe.
Daniel and Danielle also got found out as the upcoming bride and groom - so she was locked up in an iron torture cage while Daniel was the model as we learnt about various torture tools from the medieval times. The "chappy chopper" looked a bit horrid as the torturer threatened to chop off Daniel's....yes, well it was a bit sad to consider all those old torture methods. I squeelled like a baby as we sat in a boat in the pitch black surrounded by the whispers of cannibals and an occasional something brushed my face. I put my head down in mums lap, held onto dad who was in front of me and whimpered "even between my mummy and daddy I am STILL scared!". But I did love it, it was more laughs then frights as medical students reached into freshly murdered bodies and pulled out a bladder that squirted all over us and later we tried to work our way through a vault of mirror walls. Check out the look on my face as we dropped after being "hung at the gallows"!! Just a wee scream or two...It was a great tour, we all came out entertained.
|looking down Princes Street|
|The ancient buildings of the Royal Mile|
|The Scotsman building with Carlton Hill behind|
|A lovely old church I bus past daily on my way home|
|...and a closer view|